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For Collectors of Cans, A Bleak Duty

Can Collecting in the East Village from The Local East Village on Vimeo.

Every day, dozens of people line up in front of Key Food Supermarket at Fourth Street near Avenue A, waiting to redeem hundreds of tin cans for cash in the redemption machines outside. They carry their business in large plastic garbage bags and rusty shopping carts. Some of the regulars say they scrape by on their recycling income alone; others say they use it to supplement whatever other money they make by doing odd jobs.
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